RE-Launch Resource Adds Second Session
By Paul Nixon
Paul Nixon and Rachel Gilmore interviewed five church planters in RE-Launch Part 2, asking them how they would have approached their own public worship launch for their new church, had it been in 2020. The conversation was full of surprises! These seasoned church planters now consider the pandemic of systemic racism as critical as the COVID-19 crisis in terms of ministry planning this year.
RE-Launch is a resource created by the United Methodist Church planting community as a gift to the whole church. It invites us to think how we will re-introduce our churches to our communities in 2020 and 2021, post-pandemic. Even as some churches are starting public worship in their buildings again in 2020, we do not consider these first services “RE-Launch.” Rather, we want to think about how to get the word out into the community about our church and invite folks to share in a variety of ways—with the assumption that most vital churches will be moving into a hybrid season of both live, in-person gathering and online ministry for the years ahead. Part 1 of the RE-Launch resource looked at the topics of pre-launch season, social media, and the nature of a good launch.
Part 2 widens this conversation with more planters weighing in on the challenges and opportunities that they see for all of us! Both sessions are ideal for teams of local church leaders who are prayerfully asking where their churches go from here.